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  Texas Republicans may inadvertently have saved Voting Rights Act
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Last EditedDFWDem  Sep 06, 2012 10:46am
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AuthorMark Curriden
MediaNewspaper - Dallas Morning News
News DateThursday, September 6, 2012 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTexas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Republican leaders say the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 is outdated and unnecessary. And they want it declared an unconstitutional encroachment on the state’s authority. Instead, they may have just assured its legal survival.

“There have been growing arguments that the Voting Rights Act is obsolete and should be struck down,” says University of Michigan law professor Ellen Katz, a nationally recognized expert on the Voting Rights Act. “But [Gov.] Rick Perry and the state of Texas, through their overreach in these cases, may have just saved the law from extinction.

“It is amazing that Texas officials intended to kill the Voting Rights Act, but because of the evidence of intentional discrimination, they may have just resurrected it.”
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